December 26, 2013
At a recent seminar, the presenter – a friend of mine – seemed anxious on stage. He kept pacing back and forth and wiped sweat from his brow several times. At the break, I went up to him and asked, “Are you doing OK? Would you like me to get you a glass of water?”
“I’m fine,” he replied. “I think I just had a little too much caffeine this morning. I was really tired and wanted to be on my game. Guess the shot of espresso I added to my drip coffee wasn’t such a great idea after all.”
While the caffeine in coffee can be a great pick-me-up (especially when you’re tired), could too much caffeine negatively affect your work performance? To find out more about coffee, I sat down with Cristen Harris, PhD, RD, CSSD, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition & Exercise Science at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington (Seattleites are actually 94% more likely to prefer espresso to bottled water than the average American). Read the rest of this entry »
December 18, 2013
“Now that it’s December I can’t wait to decorate my cubicle!” exclaimed a friend while we sipped coffee.
Our other friend rolled her eyes, shook her head and groaned, “That’s exactly why I hate the holidays at work — people go so crazy decorating their offices, making it impossible to get anything done. And I hate those singing Santa toys!”
“Oh, don’t be such a Scrooge,” the first friend joked.
Although we ended up laughing about the conflicting opinions of showing holiday spirit in the office, the conversation highlighted how different people are when it comes to what’s considered appropriate holiday etiquette. Read the rest of this entry »
December 11, 2013
You’ve made it through the job application submission process and received notification for a telephone interview by a Human Resources recruiter to screen for “cultural fit.” Uh oh. Do you know the differences between a cultural fit interview and a job interview to assess functional fit? Here’s what you need to know about each type of interview… Read the rest of this entry »
December 4, 2013
Are you feeling stuck in a rut at your current job? If yes, it’s time to think about your career more strategically. As we’re moving towards the end of the year, it’s the perfect time to start assessing your current career goals and thinking about setting new ones. Read the rest of this entry »
December 2, 2013
Christine Gregoire, former governor of Washington State, didn’t start out wanting to run for political office. She began her career as a clerk typist, and quickly realized the impact public policy could have in the real world. Her determination to make a difference and to better people’s lives drove her to elected office. Read the rest of this entry »
November 27, 2013
November 20, 2013
A friend of mine recently had a job interview. When I asked what the interviewer thought of him, he didn’t know. He’d been so nervous he had forgotten to pay attention to the hiring manager’s nonverbal communication.
That happens a lot. Most people are so worried about how they come across in an interview that they forget to watch the body language of the interviewer. But being able to read nonverbal cues can increase your chances of interview success. Read the rest of this entry »
November 13, 2013
There’s a lot of misinformation on the Internet about electronic resume submission. To find out what’s truth and what’s hype when it comes to resume-screening software, I interviewed three experts: A recruiting consultant, a senior corporate recruiter at a Fortune 500 company, and the CEO of a company that uses technology to help recruiters source candidates. Read the rest of this entry »
November 8, 2013
What you wear to the office is one of the most important parts of creating a positive professional image. In addition to projecting that you’re competent for your job, your clothing should also reflect your personality – your clothes don’t have to be boring to be considered professional! If you’re searching for a couple pieces to spruce up your look, check out these ideas on wearing fall and winter trends in the office. Read the rest of this entry »
November 6, 2013
As the use of social media in the hiring process has grown in popularity over the last several years, recruiters and hiring managers aren’t hiding from it. In fact, they’re using technology tools such as LinkedIn as a pre-interview tactic to narrow down candidates for job openings.
To find out what they’re looking for, I interviewed technology recruiters and HR experts. Based on their comments, you might decide it’s time to polish your LinkedIn profile. Read the rest of this entry »